I've finished the mitered cross blanket. It's a little wonky. It reminds me of all of my quilting efforts which also have ended up wonky. I stopped quilting because I always hated the precise nature of it, which I should have known when I embarked on this modular knitting project, but I loved the look of the blocks, love all of the Mason Dixon Projects and could not stop myself from purchasing the pattern, buying the yarn from webs and getting to work.
It was an impulsive move, especially when you know after botching four quilts that a quilt-style blanket made up of individual blocks might pose a problem for you, but I still love the blanket. Looking at it across the room from where I'm typing it makes me smile, even with all of its wonkiness. It's a human blanket made full of mistakes and blunders. Much like life itself. Sometimes we just don't know what we're doing, sometimes we need that extra reminder to know ourselves better.
This blanket reminds me of how I've felt living in our crazy apartment for the last four years. Renting it was a last minute impulse before I gave birth to my first son. When I found this apartment I loved the look of it with its remodeled kitchen, hardwood floors and big open windows, but it was completely unpractical for a growing family. I was blinded by the fact that it was such an improvement over where I used to live that I didn't notice that the laundry room was actually a closet. We don't have a garage so we don't have any extra space for the camping gear or for Chris's library of books.
We have a tiny common patio to play in, surrounded by neighbors who have to hear my shrieking children and me shrieking at them to make sure they stay safe. I know that many people would give their right arms to live here and lord knows I've tried making it work, but sometimes places just don't work out for you. Kind of like ex husbands too for that matter.
With husband off work and so many possibilities in front of us I don't know what the future holds. I don't know where we're going to be living a few months from now.
There's only one thing I know right now and it's that next year there's going to be a lot of change. It's either going to be BIG change or GIANT change. I can't even tell which change I want, not that I have any control on the outcome anyway. All I can do is sit back and think about my own past and how we've gotten to this point and what makes sense for our family. Be assured it's not any destruction. Our family is just fine, but we've got a lot of big decisions ahead. If you want a sneak preview of what we're looking at, visit my pinterest page (and follow me if you so desire)
All I can do is tie up loose ends to be prepared for the road ahead. I'm just glad that at least all of those loose ends on the mitered cross blanket are done. When it comes to a feeling of accomplishment, I'll take what I can get -even if it is a beautifully wonky blanket.
So here's my progress for the year!
- Textured Shawl (5% done)
- Poang chair cover (5% done)
- Christmas Socks #3 (3% done)
- Older Boy Cardigan
- Younger Boy Cardigan
- That Knitted Cuff Thing
- Dahlia Cardigan (8% done)
Mitered Block Blanket (100% done.)
Hannah Hat #2 100% done
Christmas Socks #2 (95% done)
Pepperberry Knits Hat (100% done)
Holden Shawlette (100% done)
Christmas Socks #1 (99% done)
What's new with your knitting?